Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

No H/W tonight - Enjoy your Halloween celebrations

(Make sure your animotos are on your blog!)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Watch this video to recap your understanding of parallelism

Write an example of parallelism on the answer garden below for a bonus plus point
Can you write an example of parallelism?... at
Math 4.4 Studylink

Animoto persuasive essays should be finished by  Thursday and added to your blog

Reading - Long term project
Independent Reading: You have been given your independent reading project. There needs to be 5 paragraphs completed by the due date (two weeks). Organize your H/W time over the next  two weeks to make sure you  meet the deadline. Reminder: Don't forget to save the google doc. under your own name

Monday, October 29, 2012


Math 4.3 Studylink

Animoto persuasive essays should be finished by Wednesday and added to your blog


Writing: Finish your counterargument paragraph. Use this link

Reading - Long term project
Independent Reading: You have been given your independent reading project. There needs to be 5 paragraphs completed by the due date (two weeks). Organize your H/W time over the next  two weeks to make sure you  meet the deadline. Reminder: Don't forget to save the google doc. under your own name

Sunday, October 28, 2012

2nd Qtr

Click here to get the Week at a Glance

You should add your goals to a gadget window on your blogs sometime this week

Friday, October 19, 2012

End of 1st Qtr

End of the First Quarter

Can you believe you have actually made it through one quarter. Take a look back through the acrchives and see at all the different material we have covered. We have come such a long way already.

Next Qtr.

  • The first week  we will begin our preparation for our UN Day Animoto presentatio " Read Around the world
  • You may spend some adding all your digital work I am very proud of my blog because of the work i have put into it. The way I have designed the blog is symbolic to how I work as an educator. What will be the symbolic messages found in your blog. Feel free to as one blog post talking about how you spend your long weekend. (Optional). Next week - In a gadget window, you will list your goals for this next quarter.
  • Math - The next unit we will do is EDM is Division. The IXL unit to practice this is Unit H 1- H 14 (These will be set as H/W over the next few weeks. Feel free to work ahead if you choose)

Future learning... 2nd qtr

The grammar topic will be prepositional phrase. We will learn what 'isn't a sentence by looking at fragments and run ons.

Congatulations on such a great first qtr...

Let's try and get to the top of the ladder to laughter quickly, so we can truly celebrate in style

Student of the Week: Lydia (For the extra IXL practice)

Plus Point Champion 1st Qtr: Sam

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Persuasive Animoto

Study link 4.1

Persuasive Animoto
Use this link to create your account: a4ebuxt9f292b

Work on your animoto tonight. You can upload pictures from home if you need to  just by going to and putting in your username and password.

If you have a good working draft of your animoto tonight, post the link on the blog - Tomorrow, we will do our call to action and prognostication video taped conclusions. 

Optional - Feel free to add video to your essay tonight for those who are adventurous enough to experiment!

Animoto is a powerful way to capture beautiful memories. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


The thesis statements are starting to take shape.... PROGRESS !!!

Finish planning out your ideas for images for your essays. Tomorrow, I will show you how to use animoto.

Well done to Lydia 1st place and Dylan 2nd place in class IXL usage log!

Make sure your vocaroo is on the blog so we can calculate WPM tomorrow.

Have a nice evening

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Are you ready for the Math Assessment?

IXL b.7 & s.1

Spend 20minutes working collaboratively on your Animoto Persuasive Project. You must have an arguable thesis statement that clearly states your opinion.

I fixed the problem from class today. Use this link to create your team's copy of your persuaisve essay planning sheet here: PLANNING SHEET

e.g. Cheerleading needs to be banned as a Middle School activity because participants receive far too many injuries. Members of cheerleading squads form elite exclusionary clubs and the activity itself distracts students from their academic responsibilities.

1) topic - cheerleading
2) opinion - banned from school
3) reasons  i) injuries ii) exclusionary clubs iii) distracting

Can you find these elements in your  thesis statements?

Remember, the focus is visual literacy. How can you  write an essay with images?
See sample of a digital introduction again below. Can you work out my thesis statement?

Postponed until tomorrow
Learn how to calculate your reading fluency. You should do this every month and keep  a tally on your blog   (Words Read Correctly x 60) divided by seconds it takes to read the passage

Monday, October 15, 2012

Thesis Statements

Studylink 3.10

Look at the list of topics  on the Review Sheet at the end of the Unit. Bring any questions you have on these topics to class tomorrow.

Make sure you have x3 clearly measurable thesis statements for tomorrow's class.
e.g.  Adults littering on the world's beaches and oceans is a terrible habit that pollutes the environment, harms wildlife, and sets a bad example to children

Notice in the above -
 1) topic is clear 2) stance (your opinion) is clear 3) my reasons are clear

see video below for further explanation

Rock out to our new xtable song

Look  at this custom typing report below. Are you keep up with your progress?
Date Range Examined: 08/13/2012 to 10/15/2012
NameNum LoginsTime on Site (hh:mm)Training Modules CompletedTests / Exercises CompletedGames CompletedTotal Activities CompletedLast Login Date
Baca, Patrick200:33400410/9/2012
Bharucha, Kayzad200:1960068/30/2012
Carlisle, Ashlin301:3025110369/2/2012
Coe, Ryan100:2260068/30/2012
Fitz, Owen100:2140048/30/2012
Foster, Dylan200:2140048/30/2012
Gray, Harriet100:2160068/30/2012
Lau, Lydia100:1830038/30/2012
Lee, Lauren100:2240048/30/2012
Maeloa, Micheline100:2160068/30/2012
Moorjani, Tasha100:1940048/30/2012
Olafson, Thor200:251000109/6/2012
Peralta, Daniel300:3011001110/12/2012
Phillips, Karly100:2060068/30/2012
Serrao, Janna200:1880088/30/2012
Sherry, Aiden100:211300138/30/2012
Sturgeon, Thea Casey200:311000109/25/2012
Suresh, Sampath100:2140048/30/2012
Terrile, Reid100:2030038/30/2012
Villanueva, Miguel300:2890099/8/2012
Wang, Beatrice100:2050058/30/2012
Wirianata, Talia100:211100118/30/2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

Click here for week at a glance

The easy part was setting the goals. Now you have to work towards achieving them!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Persuasive Paper

How to upload to voicethread

Monday, October 8, 2012

Executive Functioning

How good are  your E.F. skills?

Learn More About Tessallations below:

Tuesday's H/W

No study link tonight - Do the IXL activity

Finish your essays for tomorrow

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Comfort Zone

Click here to see next week's Week at a Glance

Student of the Week: Talia for: Excellent work in Book Clubs and Grammar Assessment

How will you step out of your comfort zone going forward?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Strengths and Goals Form

My database of completed forms for the Strengths and Goals Conference shows that as of Thursday only these students have completed the form and clicked 'submit'.

Dylan  Owen  Beatrice  Reid   Miguel Aiden  Lydia  Kayzad  Lauren  

You may fill in the form below from this page.  Do not forget to scroll through the form. Do not forget to click submit once all questions are answered. If you have any problems 1) Email me 2) Print out the form and just write in your answers and bring  to school.

The due date for this form is Friday 5th October. 


  • Study Link 3.5
  • Finish your 'anecdote' paragraph
  • Word study worksheet

What did you think of the sentence fluency test?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Check out this web page if you didn't look at it last night. It recaps last night's H/W

Write down 5 facts in you r notes about what you know on angles from today's class
e.g.  Angles in a straight line =180 degrees


  • Study link 3.4 IXL B.12 (this IXL is important practice).
  • Finish your second persuasive outline paragraph - Is it better than yesterday's?

Do final studying for your Sentence Fluency test.  - (Exercises on link in Monday's blog post.) You may bring in 1 index card sized page of notes (both sides). You cannot just use your class notes. If you do not create anything for your self. YOU CANNOT use anything in the test.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Boxes and Bullets: Writing Supporting Sentences

  • Sentence Fluency Practice (check yesterday's post)
  • Don't forget to fill in the SMART goals questionnaire by Fri

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sentence Fluency

Study links 3.1 and 3.2


Two thesis statements

Online Sentence Fluency Practice (Click the link)
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